Garden Boxes Promote Family Gardening

By KBJR News 1

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Some families at Nettleton Elementary school in Duluth were given the tools today to start a garden in their yards.

Nettleton joined with the Minnesota Horticultural Society to provide gardens for families.

Twenty four families received garden boxes complete with soil, compost and an assortment of plants.

The initiative was funded through grant money from community and national sponsors such as United Way, General Mills and Land o' Lakes.

The idea is to encourage families to grow their own produce and to teach their children about the importance of gardening.

"Last fall, our Parent Advisory Council from Nettleton said that one of the things they would like to see more of is gardening. They wanted us to be teaching kids how to garden they wanted more school garden opportunities and they wanted to be connected with community gardens," said Kathy Bogen Exectutive Director for Grand Community School Collaberative.

The vegetables in the garden box include green onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.